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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Dec 28, 2009 10:49pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Are Aussie TV Commercials of 1957 Public Domain?

There is a well-nown brand of fly spray which made a commercial back then that started a series of commercials still running to this day. Video-Cellar probably knows which brand. Hey, Video, is that commercial PD?

Also, does anyone have a copy?

Also, should I be concerned I am requesting a 52-year-old Fly Spray commercial to be uploaded? Well, it is an important part of Australian history, even if the series of ads didn't start to become memorable until the early 1960s when they added a catchy jingle.

This post was modified by The_Emperor_Of_Television on 2009-12-29 06:49:52

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Poster: rocket Date: Dec 29, 2009 2:44am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Are Aussie TV Commercials of 1957 Public Domain?


According to Copyright.Org.Au :-

"The rule for duration of copyright in a broadcast was 50 years from the end of the year the broadcast was made".

http://www.copyright.org.au/g023.pdf

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Poster: rocket Date: Dec 29, 2009 3:11am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Are Aussie TV Commercials of 1957 Public Domain?


Further down in the same info sheet.
it goes further :-

"Broadcasts - made before 1 May 1969 - not protected".

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Poster: HappySwordsman Date: Dec 29, 2009 4:48am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Are Aussie TV Commercials of 1957 Public Domain?

Thanks to both of you for the quick reply(ies)

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Dec 29, 2009 3:09am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: Are Aussie TV Commercials of 1957 Public Domain?

Yes the ad should be out of copyright TV broadcasts made in 1968 and before weren't covered by copyright. There might have been film copyright if it was a pre-filmed promo but that would only have lasted 50 years as it falls into the news and information films catagory, where the copyright term remains 50 years (it wasn't extended to 70 years like dramatic films in 2005). Later ads that include the jingle would be no-go because of the jingle. Any Louie the Fly trademark doesn't effect the PD status of the ad.